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Hello all, it has been a while since I've been on allnurses.

I earned my RN May 2006, was on a surgical floor for 6 months, tried psych nursing for a month, left nursing for a clerical job for 8 months, and now I'm working at a nursing home (basically doing LPN med pass-type work). I like the educational, knowledge-obtaining aspect of nursing but I totally despise the actual bedside-nursing aspect of nursing. Once again I'm thinking about getting out of nursing for something more clerical. I basically hate nursing and have ever since I entered my nursing program, but my student federal loans were running out and I was in my mid-20s and needed to start working. I've only been at my current job at the nursing home for 5 months. I hate everything, the patient load (30 patients), being pulled in a million different places, trying to perform miracles for demanding/sue-happy familes, staying late to do incident reports of our constantly falling patients, the disgusting smelling patients.... everything. Bedside nursing is not in my personality.

What type of things could a person with an RN degree (with a psych degree, and experience as a patient registrar) do in the health-care field that has nothing to do with touching/being near/ patients?

Mr Ian

Specializes in mental health; hangover remedies. Has 15 years experience.

:banghead:

CathyLew

Specializes in MSP, Informatics. Has 17 years experience.

the disgusting smelling patients.... everything. Bedside nursing is not in my personality. What type of things could a person with an RN degree (with a psych degree, and experience as a patient registrar) do in the health-care field that has nothing to do with touching/being near/ patients?

Ouch. You do know that these are people? and that we will all get old some day. I hope when I am old and smelly, that my nurse has a little better outlook and feel for the job. That said...... on to your question.

QA, Infection Control, Chart Reviews, Insurance audits, Staff Education... lots of management positions that don't involve patients. I can't garantee that some of the staff members won't smell thought.

BroadwayRN, ASN, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 4 years experience.

I hate everything, the disgusting smelling patients.... everything. Bedside nursing is not in my personality.

What type of things could a person with an RN degree (with a psych degree, and experience as a patient registrar) do in the health-care field that has nothing to do with touching/being near/ patients?

You could work for an insurance company reviewing charts. I hope when you get old and smelly that a nurse whose in it for the right reasons gets assigned to you. I realize nursing is not for everyone but disgusting smelling patients is a bad attitude for a nurse, even one who doesn't like bedside nursing.

In my experience, the clerical nursing jobs are saved for those nurses who haved worked at the bedside for years and find themselves unable to physically perform the bedside role. They then, as an act of appreciation, get the desk jobs. They are able to bring their years of knowledge to the "clerical" side of nursing. I am hoping for such an opportunity when I am no longer able to perform as a floor nurse.

RNperdiem, RN

Has 14 years experience.

Marry a rich man, quit your job, and live a life of leisure.

traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS

Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU. Has 27 years experience.

I think perhaps you need to do a self-evaluation so that you can then choose a better field. Your patients deserve a compassionate and kind nurse, and to your credit, you realize you are not that person.

Other posters have given you some solid leads. Good luck.

CathyLew

Specializes in MSP, Informatics. Has 17 years experience.

Marry a rich man, quit your job, and live a life of leisure.

good idea! oh, but make sure you divorce his sorry butt before he gets old and starts to smell.....

Neveranurseagain, RN

Has 26 years experience.

This is why nursing schools should require you to be a CNA/EMT/PCT for a year as a prerequisite...

It's time to get out of bedside nursing...seriously!

Actually, some of the most smelliest patients aren't the "old" ones. My nursing home actually has a rehab unit (that they frequently put me on) and many of my patients are quite young (not past 60).

I came to this forum for advice, not for a particular part of my post to be blown up and blown out of proportion. Aparently everyone of you have been blessed to fall right into the career that you were meant for. Others of us have not been so lucky and seek genuine help. It's great to know that you all are perfect saints, perfect multi-taskers, perfect judges, have cast-iron stomach, and have never in your lives been affected by smells.

I believe the "Career" or "LTC" forum may have understood me better. Thank you.

Mr Ian

Specializes in mental health; hangover remedies. Has 15 years experience.

Personally I think you got off lightly with the few comments you had.

Stating you 'earned' your RNs with such an appalling attitude to people is the ultimate insult to nursing.

Nursing is about caring for people and the fact that you managed to 'achieve' your RN with this attitude - since you started your course - aggravates the %^ out of me.

Someone else could have had your training place.

Good luck with your career choice.

Stating you 'earned' your RNs with such an appalling attitude to people is the ultimate insult to nursing.

I don't see that it's an insult. Just because she feels that way doesn't mean that her behavior was in any way inappropriate so as to "insult" the profession by her ability to earn a nursing license. She clearly was able to get through school despite her conflicted feelings, so I take that to mean that she was able to perform professionally. And since graduating she's tried to make it as a bedside nurse more than once and has discovered that she's just not suited for it. I agree with another poster that ideally nursing students would have some hands-on experience prior to starting; but it's not the students' fault that schools are more than willing to accept students without a strong hands-on background. It's also not potential students' fault that school recruiters often flat out say that nurses don't have to work at the bedside and that there are many other options for those with nursing licenses. Yes, students should research the field before taking the leap, but sometimes, no matter how much info you get, you just don't know how well you will take to a job as a day-in, day-out livelihood until you have had the chance to try it day-in and day-out for awhile. My own experience volunteering and working as a nursing assistant still didn't give me enough insight into myself to determine that I wouldn't take well to nursing. The OP has already graduated so there's no point in scolding her about what's in the past. It IS frustrating to see someone "take a spot" in a program who doesn't really want it, but we don't have crystal balls to see the future and many people who were uncertain during school in the end DO find a fulfilling niche in nursing.

Anyway... pnurse, it is a tough position to be in. I personally chose to pursue more clerical/administrative type work in health care. It meant a pay cut and funny looks from hiring personnel (why wasn't I applying for a nursing position?); but I'm happy with my work now and ultimately believe that I have more room for professional growth now because I like what I'm doing.

Mr Ian

Specializes in mental health; hangover remedies. Has 15 years experience.

jjjoy - a very valid and plausible point - but one I instinctively simply cannot agree with in this case. I found the condescending, derogatory and demeaning vernacular unnecessary and offensive.

I re-read the OP openly - and only one part annoys me - but to such a degree it seriously influences my whole take.

"the disgusting smelling patients...."

The comment was, IMO and especially in a nursing forum, unnecessary. I originally ignored it but her second post that admonished people who had actually given her good advice, but passed a restrained comment, narked me some more - especially when I think the reply comments were justified and not at all offensively written - so I merely retaliated.

Getting back in my box now.

AlsgalRN

Specializes in L&D, OB/GYN clinic.

You could also look for a position doing telephone triage. That is what I did while I was taking chemo/radiation treatments. A position like that usually requires some experience, though, so I wish you good luck.

After having some dental work done, I told my dentist that felt sorry for him because he had to work in nasty, stinky mouths all day. I said that I did not think I could do his job. I had been his wife's labor nurse. He said that he had often thought that he did not want MY job with screaming women and all that goes along with a birth. We both got a good laugh. I think it is a case of different strokes for different folks.

I wish you good luck in quickly finding your niche.

Regards,

AlsgalRN

patrick1rn, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in Family Nurse Practitioner.

what can i say, that has not been said.

Shame on everyone for berateing the poster.

You all think you are perfect, knowing well

that you had to take care of a smelling disgusting

patient yourself, and that other choice words were used

to describe those patients.

RNperdiem, RN

Has 14 years experience.

I detected not only a lack of love for nursing(we all have those days), but a lack of respect for nursing.

If respect is gone, it is truly time to look at other professions.

Vtachy1

Specializes in BNAT instructor, ICU, Hospice,triage. Has 25 years experience.

Marry a rich man, quit your job, and live a life of leisure.

That is actually good advice. Nothing wrong with that.

Although, this RNper diem was bashing me in the other post for always putting everyone else first. Which I do, without a doubt and I am glad that I have this personality trait. I have always put everyone else first and I won't stop. I don't believe in all the selfish ideas in this society. Its always "Me first", I guess I'm just a old fashioned prude. And unashamedly.

Now this person sounds sarcastic in the opposite direction. Maybe just a sarcastic person????

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